In its comment on Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic’s statement after the first instance for the 1999 murder of a well-known journalist and publisher, the Russian Kommersant daily said the President put the blame on the late Slobodan Milosevic, the then head of state of the rump Yugoslavia, the Beta news agency reported on Monday.
By saying that no one had a right to kill anyone, not even in the interest of the state, Vucic, according to the daily, confirmed his earlier statement that the state murdered Slavko Curuvija in April 1999, during NATO bombing of the country.
Vucic expressed great satisfaction that the trial had been brought to a conclusion, saying that an essential message had been sent. “A message that no one has the right to kill anyone, in any way for any reason even if they believe it is a matter of state,” he said.
The daily added that the current President’s words about the assassination were impressive, primarily since he was the Minister of Information at the time.
Kommersant recalled that Vucic was “consciously speaking about the crimes committed by the regime he was a part of,” but said he had never participated nor had he known anything about them.
Curuvija was killed with 14 bullets in his back on Orthodox Easter in 1999 outside the building he lived in.
Last Friday, four former members of the State Security Service (RDB) were sentenced to a total of 100 years in prison, but the court did not establish who fired the shots and who ordered the kill.